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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

If God Gives You A Sign We Better Take Heed



IF GOD GIVES US A SIGN WE BETTER TAKE HEED
Isaiah 7:9-13
Charles e. Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher

Generally speaking many people believe in obeying the laws of the land and to live their lives orderly.  They prefer these things, but do not want to give God credit.  Christians say, “It was the Lord that enabled us to have these things.” The unbeliever will say, “God had nothing to do with anything, we were the ones who accomplished what we have done.” “We can do good without believing in God.”  By the way this is the attitude of most of the world today.
There are people in the world who are worldly , who want to be known as believers, but intent to do nothing about it. It is sanctimoniousness rather than real spiritual interest.
ISAIAH 7:9  ‘IF YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE, SURELY YOU WILL NOT BE ESTABLISHED.”
Belief requires faith.  Faith is a divine word.  Only divine faith will bring about a human sense of hope and belief.  And only faith can quiet the restless of the spirit.  Our hope is build on nothing less than the righteousness of Jesus Christ, all other is on sinking sand.
STABILITY THROUGH FAITH:
God’s promises are not at all times easily steadily and firmly believed.
God’s Word cannot profit unless it be mixed with faith in those who hear it.
Faith is a biblical principle. Faith brings God and places Him before us.
Faith appropriates:  i.e. enables us to rejoice when we are in any circumstances.
God deserves to be believed: Why?
1.      He is God and being God He cannot lie
2.      His Word always has been true.
3.      He has no motive for being untrue.
4.      The honour of God is involved in His genuineness.
5.       
SOME ARE YET NOT WILLING TO BELIEVE GOD: Rather
1.      They believe other things.
2.      They believe in themselves
3.      They are stubbornly fitted on themselves
4.      They demand this and that of God.

WHAT IS THE FAITH?
1.      A fair index of the heart.
2.      A sure proof of a change of mind.
3.      Faith inaugurates purity of life.
4.      It is faith that leads to prayer, that’s the very breath of God in man.
5.      Faith is that which will give credit to God for all things.
WITHOUT FAITH YOU WILL
1.      Miss the comfort.
2.      Never two days alike.
3.      Confused in conduct.
4.      Hope never.
5.      Lack of spiritual vigor and strength.
MOST PEOPLE
1.      Do not want to ask God for an indication that he is God.
2.      The other half do not believe in God.
3.      And others simply refuse to believe anyone who will give them a Word from God.
ISAIAH WAS A PROPHET OF GOD WHO SPOKE FOR GOD
Don’t refuse the advice of God, by those whom God has chosen.  Isaiah asked?  “No!” said Ahaz.
GOD’S SIGN TO AHAZ: HE REFUSED TO BELIEVE: Isaiah 7:14
WHO DOES THE TEXT REFER TO?
1.      First: Isaiah son. Isaiah 8:18.  Maher shal al hash baz. A sign of present deliverance for Israel.
2.      Secondly: The Messiah who would be born 700 years later.
A SIGN WAS GIVEN: We need a sign to believe.
Refers to something addressed to the sense to attest the existence of divine power. To assure faith or to demonstrate authority.
Ahah had a crisis in his spiritual life: didn’t have one
1.      Getting  entangled in idolatrous ways.
2.      Involved in disloyal relations.
3.      Compromised himself in dealing with the Temple treasure.